Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mae West: George O'Brien

MAE WEST valued that personal contact with exhibitors throughout the country by constantly corresponding with them. George O'Brien, observed Motion Picture Daily, was the only other screen star who, like Mae, took "an interest in the men that deliver their merchandise directly to the consumer."
• • George O'Brien [19 April 1899 — 4 September 1985] • •
• • Born in San Francisco on 19 April 1899, George O'Brien was drawn to the screen trade during the silent movie era. He transitioned into talkies. Between 1922 — 1964, he made 85 films (mainly Westerns) before retiring.
• • George O'Brien died in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Wednesday, 4 September 1985. He was 86.
• • On Wednesday, 4 September 1935 in Hollywood • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to John Hammel on Wednesday, 4 September 1935, complaining (again) about the script for "Klondike Annie" and Mae's dialogue.
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • •
• • By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — will return in “Diamond Lil” for several evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on these dates in 2013:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday September 15th and 22nd. 
• • 7:30pm on Sunday October 27th — Hallowe'en Party — come in 1890s costume!
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 3rd — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
• • 8:30pm on Sunday November 10th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 17th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 24th
• • Phone after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online:
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don't Tell Mama into Gus Jordan's "Suicide Hall"! 
• • The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
• • Director: Co-directed by Dena Tyler, The Actors Studio, and Darlene Violette.
• • Come up and see for yourself. You might even win a swell Raffle Prize.
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link:
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I had always had my own way in everything."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A gossip column mentioned Mae West and George O'Brien.
• • Bill Swigart wrote: Hollywood, Oct. 22 — Mae West, like George O'Brien, values that personal contact with exhibitors throughout the country by constantly corresponding with them. These are the only two screen players known to be taking an interest in the men that deliver their merchandise directly to the consumer, and through an interchange of ideas are better able to improve and give the public what it wants, at least as far as they personally are concerned.  ...
• • Source: News Item: "The Hollywood Parade" written by Bill Swigart for Motion Picture Daily; published on Monday, 23 October 1933  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2734th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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